The questions on this page were answered by our team of Virginia Beach & Norfolk personal injury attorneys. The questions are categorized by practice area such as car accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, etc. If you have specific questions about your situation, contact our firm to set up a free consultation with an actual attorney.
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Which seniors are at higher risk of being a sexual abuse victim?The most common abuse victims are ones who lack support from family members and friends. Also, patients who have dementia and are not aware of their surroundings can easily fall to abuse. Further, patients who suffered domestic violence or sexual assault in the past. Female patients are much more likely to be abused than male patients.
Can a doctor be held liable if a patient dies from an overdose from a fentanyl patch?Possibly. These are dangerous drugs and should only be prescribed for serious pain, such as cancer patients and the terminally ill, not for minor ailments such as lower back pain.
What is one of the major risks of doctors overprescribing fentanyl patches?One of the risks is the drug is so powerful that it can disorient the patient. A patient may be told to apply a new patch every 72 hours. But a case happened in North Carolina where a 34 year old woman applied a second patch before 72 hours were up. She overdosed and died.
What is a fentanyl pain patch?
Fentanyl patches are prescribed to relieve severe pain in people who are thought to need pain medication 24 hours a day for long periods and do not respond well to other pain drugs. This is a dangerous drug and doctors sometimes overprescribe them, and/or do not provide enough supervision of the patient on the drug, leading to potential harm.
How often do malpractice cases go to trial?
Although malpractice cases do go to trial more often than other types of personal injury cases, the majority of medical malpractice cases – 93 percent according to federal statistics – reach settlement before any verdict is reached in trial.
Is it possible to reopen a malpractice case once it has been settled?
No, this is why it is critical to consult with a Virginia medical malpractice attorney before making any agreement. When you agree to a accept a settlement amount, you are also agreeing to sign a release which will absolve those named in the claim of any future claims, including not being allowed to file any future legal action connected with the malpractice.
Can a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit be filed against anyone other than a physician?
Yes. A malpractice lawsuit can be filed against the majority of license health care professionals. These include:
- Emergency room doctors
- Medical specialists
- Physical therapists
- Registered nurse
- The hospital or medical facility where the incident took place
What are some injuries I can suffer with a hypoxic brain injury?You can suffer serious cognitive problems, coma, disabilities, headaches, lack of coordination and loss of consciousness. If you were injured by the actions of a negligent anesthesiologist, you may be entitled to compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.
What are some factors that the anesthesiologist should consider when he thinks about what the risk is of losing the airway?Some of the things they should consider are prior anesthetic history, snoring, sleep apnea, obesity, smoking, sedative consumption and alcohol consumption.
How do people suffer serious injuries and death from fentanyl prescriptions?Fentanyl is often given in the form of a pain patch, and it is 80 times more powerful than morphine. Sometimes doctors prescribe the pain patch irresponsibly and the patient overdoses on the drug, leading to serious injury or death.